Bear Spotted Again, ArcelorMittal Workers Picket, Kids Colds and Vitamin D

Around 10 a.m., the black bear was spotted on Brainard and Cannon Roads in Solon. 19 Action News viewer Matt Jordan was driving on Brainard when he saw the bear. Officials are now monitoring the area. This, after police in Bedford Heights spotted the black bear around 8 a.m. in the area of Cannon and Richmond. Officers lost sight of the six-foot animal a short time later. The bear spent much of the day on Tuesday up a tree near the Rockside Park Towers on Rockside Road. Residents noticed the bear around 7:30 a.m., and immediately alerted police.

ArcelorMittal workers will have an informational picket Wednesday at 3 p.m. after failed contract negotiations. Their contract expired on September 1. ArcelorMittal says they continuous dialogue with the United Steelworkers and remains optimistic about reaching a fair and equitable contract with the USW without a work stoppage. Workers are unhappy with the way negotiations are going, and will have a rally at the Union Hall on Independence in hopes of getting a fair contract in place.

For kids who get a lot of colds during the winter, a boost in vitamin D levels may be just what the doctor ordered. Supplementing vitamin D intake for children who were deficient halved the number of colds the children contracted, a team reported in the journal Pediatrics. Observational studies have suggested that low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of colds. The new study is apparently the first to show that supplementing children's intake of the vitamin can reduce their risk of colds.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager